Bibens-Dirkx will begin the 2017 season with Triple-A Round Rock, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The 31-year-old will likely slot into the starting rotation as he did with them in 2016, where he posted a pedestrian 4.34 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Bibens-Dirkx has displayed solid control throughout his minor-league career, although he'll likely be nothing more than an organizational depth piece with other high-profile pitching prospects waiting in the wings for the Rangers.
The Nationals sent Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Rafael Martin, Sandy Leon, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Corey Brown and Xavier Paul to minor-league camp on Monday.
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